How to Retrieve Messages on an iPhone

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How to Retrieve Messages on an iPhone
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The iPhone flaunts computer-like capabilities and speed. Its applications allow its users to gather information, enhance their productivity, find directions, take advantage of its 3-megapixel camera with photo or video editing or play a game with a couple flicks of the finger. It works like a phone, too; the iPhone brings its technological enhancements to its regular phone features. With your iPhone you can receive three kinds of messages: voicemail, texts (SMS) and multimedia (MMS). All three are easy to retrieve.

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    Tap the “Phone” application on the bottom row of your iPhone screen. It is the green box with the phone icon in the permanent row of applications that does not change as you scroll through your application pages. Your “Phone” application has the following five tabs, from left to right: “Favorites,” “Recents,” “Contacts,” “Keypad” and “Voicemail.”

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    Tap “Voicemail.” The voicemail you have will be listed in rows with the name (or number, if you do not have the caller programmed into your iPhone) and the day or date of the call. To the left of the name, find a blue dot, which means the message has yet to be listened to. To the right, find another blue dot with a right-pointing arrow in it.

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    Tap the name or number, or anywhere on that row, of the voicemail message you want to receive. The row will highlight and the “Call Back” and “Delete” buttons near the bottom of the screen will light up green and red, respectively. The left blue dot will now have its own right-pointing arrow.

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    Tap the left blue dot to listen to your message. To listen to it on speakerphone, tap the blue “Speaker” button in the upper right corner. As the message plays, the left blue dot will have a “Pause” icon in it and a thermometer-like line will fill with blue and count the seconds that have played and that are left in your message. At any time, you can tap the “Call Back” and “Delete” button.

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    Tap the “Reply” box when you receive any text if you are using another application at that moment. The application you were in will close. Your iPhone will take you to the Messages application so that you can read your text in full.

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    Unlock your phone if it is off when you receive your text. The text will turn your phone on. Both SMS and MMS messages sent through your Messages application use “push” technology, which allows it to interrupt whatever else the phone may be doing to display at least part of your message.

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    Tap the separate conversation bubble in your Messages application that includes any MMS message, either photo or video, sent along or with your text. Even if your MMS message was sent with an SMS message, it will appear as a separate bubble. Tapping your MMS bubble will enable you to properly receive it, with it filling the entire screen. Flip your iPhone to the side if the photo or video is in widescreen. Tap anywhere on the screen once and tap the bottom left box with an arrow pointing outside it to save it to your Photos application.

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